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Arts Calendar / September 19 / Opera
19:00 The Rake's Progress
Opera in two acts by Igor Stravinsky. 170 min (with one intermission). Libretto by Wystan Hugh Auden and Chester Kallman. Music Director and Conductor: Timur Zangiev. Stage Director: Simon McBurney. It was first performed at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice on 11 September 1951, with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf creating the role of Anne Trulove, and Robert Rounseville that of Tom Rakewell. It was first given in Paris at the Opéra-Comique on 18 June 1952, under the baton of André Cluytens and produced by Louis Musy. The story concerns the decline and fall of one Tom Rakewell, who deserts Anne Trulove for the delights of London in the company of Nick Shadow, who turns out to be the Devil. After several misadventures, all initiated by the devious Shadow, Tom ends up in Bedlam, a hospital for the 'insane' at that time situated in the City of London. The moral of the tale is: "For idle hearts and hands and minds the Devil finds work to do."
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